Ferry washed away by ice in Quebec

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A ferry connecting Quebec City and Lévis was washed away by ice Tuesday morning before being rescued by a Canadian Coast Guard ship.

The NM Alphonse-Desjardins drifted a few minutes after sailing for Lévis at 10 am. He continued his race to the height of the Louise basin.

The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) called on the services of the icebreaker Admundsen to escort the ship in difficulty to the quay in Quebec City.

“The Amundsen was in Saint-Nicolas at the time of the incident. He was able to reach the ferry at about 11:15, “said Vicky Boivin, communications advisor at STQ.

She stated that the 14 passengers on board the ship remained warm and safe until she returned to the Quebec wharf shortly before noon.

The service of ties between Quebec City and Lévis was then able to resume its normal schedule.

On January 3, some twenty passengers of the NM Alphonse-Desjardins were stuck for more than four hours aboard the ship, after he found himself a prisoner of ice at the height of Lévis.

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